Last Call Podcast Season 2 Episode 1 is ready for ya! Get it here.
This week, we hear a story from Wendi Moore O'Neal. Wendi is a community activist from New Orleans who runs Jaliyah Consulting where she uses "freedom singing, story circles and group facilitation to share civil rights history, culture, and traditions". She told us about founding [one of] the first LGBT organizations at Spelman College in the 90's.
Recently, Wendi released a documentary "This Little Light" which chronicles her process of seeking justice and making peace when she was unconstitutionally fired for marrying her wife, Mandisa. (who you’ll be hearing from in the next episode) The film was made in collaboration with Ada McMahon and has been featured in festivals all over the country, including the Smithsonian African American Film Festival. Please visit thislittlelightfilm.com to learn more.
This piece was produced by free feral with music by free as well, from an interview by indee mitchell and Nathalie Nia Faulk. "I Got a Right" is a piece free created as part of a short film of the same title. The song includes samples of Wendi leading a community in song. The film was made from public domain footage of the March on Washington, and features words and voices of Audre Lorde and June Jordan. The piece was created as part of a performance called Power of the Black Feminine by Junebug Productions. You can see that film here.
Also, Wendi shouts out SONG, Southerners on New Ground. They still kickin.
NOTE: Some folks reported experiencing sound issues when we first published this piece. The file has been updated.